'Top Gun' School for Ships Coming

Posted: March 6, 2014  |  By: Jeanette Steele [U-T San Diego]

The Navy is launching a San Diego-based “Top Gun” school for young ship officers, modeling it on the aviator version that Hollywood made famous.

The point is to create a generation of Navy “ship drivers” who are experts at tactics the United States hasn’t used in pitched battle since World War II — the guns, missiles, torpedoes and aircraft intended to defend their ship and fight others.

The school is starting up as the Navy is poised to embrace futuristic weapons — a laser gun and a super-fast cannon called a rail gun — and as the Chinese military inches closer to posing a credible threat to U.S. dominance in the Pacific.

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